January 2017 Blog Hop

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I’ve been creating lots of Valentine’s cards for a class I’m conducting next week.  I’ve had a wonderful time designing cards with the Sealed with Love Bundle.  There are so many different stamps and the die sets are amazing in this set.  I encourage you to add this to your SU collection if you don’t have it already.


This first card was inspired by Sue Vine who used the multiple heart die in the Sealed with Love Bundle to cut off the edge of the card front for a nice effect and I added 6 red hearts to the image.  I used Real Red ink to stamp the heart cluster image to make my background on a piece of blushing bride cardstock and I attached it to the basic black card front.  I really like this image as it reminds me of the many Amish designs I used to see in Penn. Finally I used the stitch  die to cut out a circle and stamp Happy Valentine’s Day in basic black.  It’s a quick card to put together for a class.



My second card was inspired by my love of quilting and the beautiful papers in the Sending Love designer paper pack.  There are so many amazing papers it was impossible to pick just one so I decided to use two different patterns and to make a pinwheel quilting design alternating the red and white paper backgrounds.  Again I used the stitch die to cut out a circle out of real red cardstock and to attach a “love note” to the front using the stamp and dies from the Sealed with Love bundle.  I added a pearl to the O in Love.  The card didn’t seemed finished so I added the “Sealed with a Kiss” stamp in basic black.  This was another simply card to make.



img_2590-revisedMy third card was designed for a new “Occasions Catalog” swap with a group of demonstrators. I started this card with a very simple image but it quickly turned into a more time consuming card. I love how it turned out! I started with Real Red cardstock for the card base and for a strip to put on the front of the card.  I’m so happy the Happy Heart embossing folder was not retired as I love to use the multiple heart background for cards and for this card I embossed the images using Whisper White cardstock.  I made a small envelop using the Sending Love DSP and added a love note with Real Red ink that comes out of the envelope that says “Sending Love” from the Sealed with Love Bundle. I placed the envelope and love note on a small square of Blushing Bride paper. I also stamped and used the die to cut out the heart in the center of the card and added a Blushing Bride arrow using the die set to go through the heart. Finally, I used another die to cut out a fold up card that I stamped the word “Kiss” on the inside and placed it on a small piece of DSP and then on another Blushing Bride square.  This card takes more time but I think you will agree that the final product was worth it.

Please leave a comment on my site and then enjoy the beautiful Valentine’s cards made by the rest of the group.  Happy Stampin’



January 2017 SSINKspiration Color Challenge

I saw the SSINKspiration color challenge and decided to make a card last night.  I really love this color combination of mint macaron, blushing bride, and crumb cake.  I decided to use as many of my new stamp sets as possible when creating this card.


I used the SAB Delicate Details stamp set to make a border on the top and bottom of the card in mint macaron. Then I used two different stamps from the Double Take stamp set to make the Love banner in the center of the card.  I’ve been making lots of cards for a Valentine’s class that I’ll be offering next week so I decided to use the Sealed with Love bundle to complete this card.  I added a lacy doli and some sparkle.

I hope you like the card!


November 2016 Blog Hop

Welcome to the November 2016 Blog Hop.

We decided to post a number of cards for the holidays. Please leave comments and let us know what you think. Thank you



My first card uses the Star of Light Bundle. I decided to use Night of Navy for the background and central star for the card.  Using Night of Navy ink I stamped the swirl of stars and the sentiment in Night of Navy.  I used the silver glitter paper and one of the dies to cut the center of the star and then added an embellishment.  This was a very quick card to put together and I really liked how it turned out.


I’ve always associated the holidays with the sound of bells so I especially liked the new stamp set called Seasonal Bells.  To make this card I used Whisper White cardstock and a beautiful background paper from the This Christmas designer series paper.  Then I stamped three different bells and the sentiment using Cherry Cobbler ink. I punched out the bells and used the Bunch of Banners dies to cut out the sentiment. Finally I made a bow out of Cherry Cobbler ribbon.


I just love making gingerbread houses and decorations for the holidays. The final card I’m sharing today was easy to create using the Cookie Cutter Christmas Bundle and Candy Cane Lane designer series paper.

Check out the other cards in the Blog Hop.  See you next time.

  1. Tobe B – The Craft Sea
  2. Pamela Wu – Stinky Tofu
  3. Kathy Thisted – Stampablog
  4. Jennifer Blomquist – Northwest Stamper
  5. Stacey Lane – A Work of Carte
  6. Susan Schultz – Stampin By The Bay
  7. Christine Szekeres – Artful Musings
  8. Nicole Flournoy – Inky Fingers Stamping
  9. Danielle Elvin – Going to Collage


June Blog Hop

Welcome to our June Blog Hop

To celebrate the new 2015-2016 annual catalog from Stampin’ Up, we decided to focus this month’s blog hop on Something New and Something Old.

I created this card with the By the Tides stamp set.   I used the new 2015-2017 in color – Tip Toe Taupe for stamping the sea-horse.  The ferns were stamped using Real Red.  I used Pacific Point to stamp both of the fish.  For the background mats I used Real Red, Pacific Point, and Whisper White card stock.  The greeting was stamped in Coastal Cabana.

Mascline Cards


The card below was made using the Celebrate Today stamp set, I used the star embossing folder for the background and colored them in with the 2015-2017 in color -Delightful Dijon.  I really like using these images and color combinations to create a more masculine card.  My husband, son, brother, and nephew all had birthdays in May so I was able to put these cards to good use.  Both of these stamp sets are in last year’s and in the new annual catalog so it’s not to late to order them. 🙂


Balloon Birthday

In preparation for Father’s Day.  I used the Wetlands stamp set. The stamp set is also featured in the new annual catalog.  The new aspect of this card is a new technique that I’ve learned called Bokeh.  I used a dauber starting with the darkest color (Pacific Point) and just made a series of random circles on the paper.  Then I used the medium blue (Tempting Turquoise) and purposely overlapped some of the original circles.  I followed that with a lighter blue (Sky Blue) and again made sure to overlap some the lighter circles with some of the darker circles.  Finally, I used Whisper White and made a few highlights to brighten some of the darker areas.  I also used a dauber to ink the sides of my second and third layers to make a border.  I have resisted inking the borders in the past but I really liked the effect it made on this card.

Happy Father's Day



Please leave some comments and make sure you visit the other card makers’ blog sites.  We hope this will provide you with some inspiration.



Fun & Crafty Blog Hop

Jennifer B. of Northwest Stamper

Tobe B. of The Craft Sea

Susan S. of Stampin’ By The SF Bay

Pam W. of Stinky Tofu

Sara G. of 1200 Some Miles



Birthday Celebrations

I just love birthday celebrations!  A number of friends and family have birthdays in March so it is the perfect month to focus on making some birthday cards.

Cake 1

I designed the cover of this birthday card using new products from the SU Occasions catalog and the Sale-A-Brations brochure.   The background designer paper is from the Birthday Bash paper pack and I love the multiple colors in the design.  I decided to use the deco label framelits in the Daffodil Delight paper.  The stamp set is displayed in the Sale-A-Brations handout and got it for free with my $50 product order.  I really like the stamp set because there are a number of stamps that you can use together or separately which gives me lots of flexibility.  I wanted to highlight the cake and the “celebrate banner” so I used dimensionals to make them stand out.

Cake 2

I watched a video by Dawn Olchefske and I learned how to make three cuts on the inside of the card.   The cuts allow parts of the card to pop out which I decorated with different papers to look like gifts and  I put a custom-made bow on the top.  You have to have gifts at any birthday celebration, right?


Materials Used to Make This Card:

Stamps: SAB Big Day

Punches: 2″ Circle and Bow Maker

Framelits: Deco Labels Collection

Markers: Bermuda Bay and Daffodil Delight

Inks: Bermuda Bay and Tangerine Tango

Paper:  Birthday Bash DSP,  Whisper white, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Bermuda Bay and Bermuda Bay Designer paper.


Fun & Crafty Blog Hop March

A number of friends create cards each month for a blog hop and we post them on our websites to share with others. This month’s theme is birthdays.  Please spend some time looking at each of our creations and remember to write down comments so we know you have visited our site. 🙂

Stacey – A work of Carte
Pam – Stinky Tofu
Tobe – The Craft Sea
Jennifer – NW Stamper
Susan – Stampin’ By The SF Bay


Valentine for My Sweetheart

I made a special card for my husband, David.  We’ve been married for 32 years and every day is special.  I decided to make my first “gate” card.  It turned out to be very easy.

David 2        David 1

I used  Stampin’ Up “Stacked for Love” designer papers, the happy heart embossing folder, heart framelits, and my new itty bitty banner.

Hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day 🙂

A Valentine Whirl

Valentine Pinwheel 1         Valentine PinWheel 2

My son asked me to create a valentine card for his girlfriend but he didn’t want anything too mushy.  I was honored and I knew I needed to make something special. Here is what I came up with using the Stampin’ Up “Stacked with Love” designer papers and the new Pinwheel Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers.  Then I made another version using a variety of papers. I left the banners blank so he could write his own message.